Home Buying Tips for Single Parents

April 30th, 2018

The vast majority of buyers in the housing market are either individuals on their own or couples looking to buy a home together. As a single parent, you’re in a unique position of looking for a family home with only one adult you can count on: yourself. Not only are you taking care of your family and saving up for a down payment on a single income, without a partner to fall back on, every decision involved in the process is yours to make. Whether you’re feeling the stress or loving the freedom, buying a home as a single parent can be challenging, so we’ve put together a few quick pointers to help you prepare for the journey ahead that will hopefully end in owning the perfect home for you and your kids. Read More >

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Brandywine Homes to Build Community Offering 23 Townhomes in Baldwin Park, Calif.

April 27th, 2018

Palmera Expected to Be Open for Sale in November 2018 

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. Brandywine Homes has acquired 1.52 acres in Baldwin Park, Calif., and plans to build Palmera, a community offering 23 three-story townhomes. Brandywine plans to open the property for sale in November 2018.

“Families in the San Gabriel Valley are hungry for new homes, and these open, naturally lit townhouses will not disappoint,” said Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “Whether they’re enjoying the fresh breezes from their private balcony or relaxing in their tranquil den, they’ll immediately feel at home in this inviting community.” Read More >

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Five Ways to Make a New House Feel Like Home Before Unpacking

April 23rd, 2018

There is a huge difference between buying a new house and buying a home someone else has lived in. A new house smells like fresh building materials and new grass, every surface is pristine, and there are no lingering little maintenance issues to worry about because you are the very first owner and occupant. Without the subtle signs of being ‘lived-in’, however, new homes can also have a subtly empty and impersonal feel, especially before you unpack.

No matter how excited you are about the house, many new homeowners have trouble feeling like the place is really theirs until they go through some symbolic claiming rituals like sleeping there for the first time or hanging up their collection of family photos. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like home until you fill it with your furniture, but here at Brandywine, we want every new homeowner to feel at home immediately and to help, here are five ways to make your mark on a new home before the first box is unpacked. Read More >

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OCRegister.com: “Anaheim fire recruits get real-life experience using vacant buildings set for demolition”

April 16th, 2018

By Jeff Gritchen | jgritchen@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: April 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm | UPDATED: April 16, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Anaheim fire recruits go through three simulations on separate vacant buildings on Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim on Monday, Apr 16, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Anaheim fire recruits got some real-world experience attacking a simulated blaze in three vacant buildings along Lincoln Avenue on Monday.

The 16 recruits with the city’s 2018 class do most of their training at the North Net Training Center near Angel Stadium. Developer Brandywine Homes offered the vacant buildings that will soon be torn down.

Training on location let the recruits “get real-life experience in a real building they’ve never seen before, which is the reality of what we do as firefighters” Capt. Matthew Gordon said. Most of the first four weeks of the academy, he said, involved learning the basics.

The vacant buildings – a wig shop, an office building and a church – sit on 1.29 acres of land that’s slated to become a gated community with 22 three-story townhomes. Construction, set to begin in May, is expected to be finished by January.

The church and office building were flooded with fog from a machine as the recruits practiced attacking a fire. They practiced vertical ventilating by cutting holes in the roof off the wig shop.

Alex Hernandez, president of Brandywine Homes’ homebuilding division, said the Fire Department approached the company asking to do some exercises while they are waiting for their permits.

“The city always helps us out” Hernandez said. ”We are gonna help them out whenever we can.”

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Five Great Home Features for a Multi-Generation Family

April 16th, 2018

When looking for a new home, the structure of your family will make a big difference in the kind of home that will work best for you. While a little one- or two-bedroom home might be perfect for a lone professional, the bigger your family, the more complicated your home needs become. While the ‘standard’ home buyers are young families or couples looking to settle down, many families today are made up of more than just two generations. If you are searching for a home that can provide a comfortable lifestyle for you, your children and your elderly parents, it’s important to realize the features that will make this enjoyable for everyone. Here are a few pointers on home features to find for your multi-generational family. Read More >

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Five Fun Ways to Spend the First Night in a New House with Your Kids

April 9th, 2018

If you, like many parent homeowners, have just bought a new house to raise your kids in, no one is more excited than the children themselves. Moving to a new place is always a big experience for children, especially if they’re old enough to understand home ownership and the implications, like no more landlords, and the freedom to modify the house however you want. Even if you managed to hold together things like bedtime, teeth brushing and good behavior throughout the move, that first night surrounded by boxes in a brand new house is often more excitement than most kids can handle. Most likely, they’re bouncing off the walls, eager to unpack boxes, explore the house, and in general chattering up a storm. Let’s face it, tonight isn’t going to be a normal routine night for any of you, so you might as well make it special. Read More >

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SoCal Real Estate: “New Townhome Gated Community Coming to Anaheim”

April 2nd, 2018

Site plan for Brandywine Homes’ Treviso community. | Courtesy Brandywine Homes

By Carrie Rossenfeld Residential & Mixed Use

Irvine, California–based homebuilder Brandywine Homes has acquired 1.29 acres in Southwest Anaheim, California, on which it plans to build Treviso, a gated community offering 22 three-story townhomes. Brandywine expects to break ground on the new neighborhood in May 2018, begin model construction in September 2018, and open for sale in January 2019.

Located at 3315 Lincoln Avenue, Treviso will feature 1,593- to 2,313-square-foot Spanish-style townhomes. The homes will include energy-efficient tankless water heaters, recessed lighting, double-strength glass windows, and state-of-the-art communication and networking systems. Master suites will come with walk-in closets, while gourmet kitchens will include granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances and maple cabinetry. Some units will have private yards, and the community will include a pocket park.

“As home sales, housing prices, and rents in Southern California continue to hit record highs, demand for quality entry-level and move-up homes is through the roof,” says Dave Barisic, principal in charge of sales and marketing for Brandywine Homes, which has made a name for itself as a pioneer of infill development in Southern California. “We’re pleased to relieve some pressure and look forward to moving families into these stunning new homes at Treviso.”

According to the National Association of Home Builders’ formula to determine the local impact of single-family housing in typical metro areas, adding 22 townhomes will generate $6.3 million in local income, $792,000 in taxes and other revenue for local governments, and 87 local jobs, Brandywine reports.

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How to Prepare Your New Home for the Family Pets

April 2nd, 2018

If you have just bought a brand new home or are thinking about doing so, there is one concern every homeowner needs to think long and hard about: Pet ownership. For those of you who already have a pet or have had a pet in the past, you probably already know about more than a few of the common concerns. Accidents and claw marks on the nice floors, fur in the carpets and dander in the air ducts are all serious considerations, especially when you’re planning on protecting the value of a new home. Fortunately, homes were built to last and with only a few preventative and maintenance steps, you can ensure you, your family and your animal companions can all live comfortably together in the new place. All you need is a little forward thinking.

1) Choose a Safe Place for Food Bowls
For well-trained pets that already know how to behave in a home, the messiest part of pet ownership is often the area where you place the food and water bowls. Without hands, dogs and cats can’t pick up their food one bite at a time or sip their water. Food bits and droplets almost always hit the floor, sometimes together creating moist disintegrating food puddles. We can all agree you don’t want this to happen on carpet or wood floors. Choose a tiled or linoleum area for the food and water bowls, preferably in an out of the way place in the kitchen where messes are easy to clean up. Read More >

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